Young Carers Awareness Day
Council is supporting Young Carers Awareness Day (30 January) to highlight the
challenges faced by young people in a caring role across the district.
Recent research by the Carers Trust shows that one
in five secondary school children may be a young carer.
The Council wants to promote ways to access support and raise
awareness of young carers, their responsibilities and the impact on their day
to day lives and emotional wellbeing.
Isherwood, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People,
said: “Raising public awareness of young carers is so important as we want our
residents to be able to recognise a young person who is caring for someone and
know where they can go to get the support they need.
across our district do such a wonderful job and we want to help them as much as
we can, by signposting them to help and advice. We want them to know that they
are not alone.”
A young carer doesn’t have to be a teenager, they could be as
young as five-years-old. A young carer doesn’t even need to see or call
themselves a carer, which means they can often go
unseen. But any child or young person under the age of 18 that helps look
after a family member with a disability, long-term illness, mental health
condition, or drug or alcohol problem, is a young carer.
The Council’s recent annual Public Health report also
identifies some of the pressures carers can face.
Learn more about recognising the signs of a child
being a young carer and the support on offer at www.wfyouth.co.uk/recognising-a-young-carer-accessing-support/
To find out more about Young Carers Awareness Day visit https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day-2020